Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NSWGR 36 Class - ESU V4 Project


Just a quick update.

I have wanted to build a 36 class sound project for some time now. As I have three 36 class models, and they are one of my favourite locomotives, I was keen to get some recordings. Lucky for me 3642 was out and about last weekend in Sydney and on the Southern Highlander tourist train. With a few phone calls I was able to record 3642 being prepared for its weekend run.

I spent five hours hanging around getting in the way and recorded over 70 sound files. One interesting sound is when the headlight was turned on, the generator dips in sound and starts to work harder. I was able to capture this and then found a way to incorporate it into the sound schedule. This now means that the generator sound does not simply come on when the headlight is turned on. You must now start the generator (like the real loco) and then switch the head light on. I have tried to show this in the video however the random compressor noise interrupts a little.

I was also able to include sounds for the power reverser. When you change direction, the power reverser sound now plays. Hopefully it will suit the 38 project also?

I have included a video. The project uses the same throttle type control set up that I have explained previously. I have had a good time building this project, now all I need to do is paint a couple of my 36 class models!

Still on the sound front, I intend on recording an XPT in a few weeks. I have a great sound schedule ready and all I need now are the sound files. Regarding XPTs, I have to say that the Auscision model is very nice. I am looking forward to fitting sound to my set and adding a few bits and pieces to the coaches.

I am heading to Liverpool this Saturday, hopefully I will see some of you there.